Pros and Cons of a Project Manager Career

Adriana Girdler

Everything you need to know if you’ve been considering going into project management Are you considering a career in project management, but want to know …

Everything you need to know if you’ve been considering going into project management

Are you considering a career in project management, but want to know what you can expect?

There are lots of positives to having a project management career, but there are also some real challenges.

Let’s talk about what some of those pros and cons are!

PRO: Improves Lots of Skills

As a project manager, you need to have such a wide range of skills that are constantly being improved.

For example, you need to communicate with people daily. It’s impossible to be a project manager and not improve your communication skills a little bit every day!

Project management also pushes you to maintain a positive mindset and attitude. There are so many small hurdles and challenges that will pop up, but if you can be resilient and become really good at problem-solving, your projects will truly be successful. Plus, these are skills that can be readily applied to other areas of your life.

On top of that, you’ll also see improvement in negotiation skills, presentation skills, and budget and risk management.

Every skill you need to be a great project manager is a skill that will not only serve your projects well, but will serve you well in other aspects of your life.

CHALLENGE: Intense Responsibility

Every job comes with a certain level of responsibility, but in Project Management there are times when you really do have a lot on your plate.

This is not a negative thing but can be a challenge. However, it’s a challenge that will force you to grow and strive to do the best you can do because you truly care about the project’s success.

The more projects you run, the better you’ll be at handling that responsibility and the more you’ll learn from previous projects.

More Pros & Cons of a Project Manager Career

If you’re thinking about a career in project management, head over to YouTube with me so we can keep chatting about the pros and cons of a PM career!

And if you want to make sure you really succeed once you land your project manager role, make sure you check out my SLAY Project Management course where I give you all the templates, tips, and techniques to implement to make every project successful.


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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